Welcome to our top 100 list of most popular travel destinations! To ease your way through our site and through your travels, we have created a list for you with 10 categories and 10 top destinations per category. Of course, we realize many destinations on here fit more than one category, but these are our personal choices based on our experiences that we are sure will help you plan your next holiday!

Top destinations for art and culture

Whatever is art, or whatever is culture, is really in the eye of the beholder. Different parts of the world will have different interpretations of it and every country on this list will have its own unique form of artistic expression. But, it has to be said that some countries and cities have that concentration of art and history that can make you spend days, weeks, months chasing nothing but beauty and art.

Croatia

Eastern Europe is slowly but surely finding its way on the map as ultimate culture escape, and Croatia is one of its prime destinations. Croatia lies at a crossroads of cultural influences with 14 centuries of Eastern, Western, Mediterranean and Slavic influences. The whole country is a living, open air museum.

Why we recommend it

  • Croatia has culture, safety ‘and’ can still be managed on a small budget. It is also possible to travel everywhere by bus.
  • We recommend you travel off season for a real cultural immersion. Tourism is extremely important in Croatia and during high season, most locals will have their mind set on making money from it. But when the smaller hotels close and people return to other avenues of commerce and labor, you will see a culture alive without the pressure of hosting tourists.
  • A different kind of culture can also be discovered here, mainly a large part of the Game of Thrones sets and even the whole of King’s Landing!

Prague

Prague is one of those locations where you have to understand the people to truly understand the art. Very complex and with a dark sense of humor, Prague’s artistic expression can be found in the city more than in its museums. From the upside-down horse sculpture mocking the establishment to the sinister crawling babies at the Zizkov TV Tower, the streets have a story to tell.

Why we recommend it

  • While right now Prague is known for its international vibe and bohemian allure, the city has a very dark communist chapter of which the people have only been free for about 30 years, that can still be seen in between the picture perfect gothic architecture.
  • While some other culture trips could easily break the bank, Prague is one of those places where you can still travel very cheaply if you allow yourself to wander from the tourist paths.
  • Beer culture is very much alive in Prague and people love a drink. But why not have it at a bat with significant historical value? Café Montmartre was founded in 1911 and was a favorite hangout of Kafka and his Max Brod.
  • Prague is the cheapest and best destination to experience the music of Mozart and spend time in a country where his work was really appreciated (and get super cheap tickets at the theatre where he premiered two of his pieces).

Seville, Spain

Spain has plenty of culturally fascinating towns, cities and regions to choose from. But for us, Seville is worthy of a special mention. As the capital of the autonomous Andalusia, Seville is home to the World’s largest Gothic cathedral and is credited for spawning one of the most beautiful and passionate dances, the Flamenco.

Why we recommend it

  • (Arguably) The best tapas in the country are found here in Seville. They have become immensely popular in recent years and all kinds of touristy places are serving them, but if you go off the beaten path, you can enjoy this traditional dish in the traditional way, with locals. Dining tip: Casa Morales.
  • Much like tapas are everywhere, Flamenco is everywhere. Seville is the perfect place to enjoy a show but here too, you have to be weary of the tourist traps. Visit Casa Flamenco where you can experience the history as well as the atmosphere when you enjoy the show performed by some of Spain’s best dancers.
  • While the largest Gothic cathedral in the world is a strong, western statement, it also has Eastern influences hiding in the details. Seville was one of the first Moorish conquests which is most apparent in the Alcázar palace.

Florence, Italy

Welcome to Florence, the city where the renaissance was born. One of the features that makes Florence such a charming destination, is that it is a small city. The concentration of art and beauty is immense and you don’t have take buses or trains to visit noteworthy attractions like the Uffizi and the Duomo, you can visit them by just strolling through town.

Why we recommend it

  • Florence is also the city where Pinocchio was born, later popularized by Disney. If you would like a unique and charming souvenir, visit Bartolucci’s workshop and buy a figurine.
  • Next to the renaissance art and architecture, Florence also has a lively contemporary scene with modern art galleries and museums.
  • Not many people cross the Arno River towards the Oltrarno neighborhood. This less visited, more quiet area is less about the historical sites, but more about the modern-day artisans and a place to find potters, goldsmiths, shoemakers, and so on. In other words, a great place for peace and photo opportunities.

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco’s cultural heritage goes deep and is still visible in the liberal thinking of today. Considered as a cradle of the 60s hippie movement, San Francisco nurtured great artists, writers and musicians spreading a message of tolerance and free thinking. And it is this political past that has created one of the most culturally diverse destinations in the United States.

Why we recommend it

  • Food culture is alive and thriving in San Francisco on all ends of the spectrum. San Francis now holds more three star Michelin restaurants than New York.
  • San Francisco is home to a varied collection of neighborhoods each boasting a unique cultural expression from the famous LGBT district of Castro and Haight-Ashbury known as the district that played host to the 1967 Summer of Love, to tourist hot spots like North Beach, Chinatown and Fisherman’s Warf.
  • San Francisco has a mild climate of dry summers and fairly warn winters, making it an excellent destination all year round.

Chicago, IL

The city that invented skyscrapers is a real cultural hub with world-class museums, well preserved early art deco features and a famously vibrant art scene. With people of all kinds of cultures and backgrounds making up the scene, a wildly diverse and complex city has formed with not only a Chinatown, but also a Ukrainian Village and Greektown, among others. But perhaps most impressively, Chicago si noted for reinventing and expanding on the genres of Jazz and Blues that traveled north along with the Great Migration in the first decade of the 20th century.

Why we recommend it

  • We don’t want to give the impression Chicago is only for those looking for high culture. In fact, Chicago’s food culture is fascinating and delicious, but also slightly trashy. The deep-dish pizza’s are among the most famous, and other specialties include the Chicago-style hotdogs and Italian beef sandwiches. Definitely a culture at peace with life’s simple pleasures.
  • Chicago’s Lake Michigan is the city’s great “equalizer” where everyone comes to enjoy water-side activities during the summer months.
  • The people from Chicago love outdoor events that center around music and food, which is why 10% of its land is designated towards public parks.

Seattle, WA

Chicago has its jazz and blues, and Seattle has grunge. From this city that inspired dark and gloomy artists like Cobain, also sprung a very progressive and open-minded culture. Seattle is one of the most sustainable-friendly cities in the country with 70% of all families recycling, the first carbon neutral electric utility. In addition, there are 200 art galleries and 5 museums.

Why we recommend it

  • Seattle has a lively culture culture and a population that actively likes to enjoys unique forms of expressions. This is mostly apparent in the fact that Seattle hosts more than 100 festivals every year focusing on food, drink, movies, music, technology and more.
  • Did you know the best glass artist in the world is from Seattle? Dale Chihuly’s Garden and Glass Museum is one of the best places to visit in the whole city.
  • Another statement of Seattle’s progressive mindset, is the annual Hempfest. Marijuana as been legal in Seattle for years but even before that, this festival took place as a form of protest and has been around for 30 years, making it a cultural (and political) attraction in its own right.

Sante Fe, New Mexico

Does this seem like an odd mention on the list? Well, it shouldn’t. It may not be a grand and flashy city like Chicago or Seattle, but it has its own unique worth in its own unique way. Sante Fe was the country’s first capital city and also boasts the country’s oldest church. Additionally, it is one of the oldest, most continuously inhabited places in the western hemisphere. And it has plenty to show for it.

Why we recommend it

  • While cultural diversity in the major towns usually point to European influences, here you can get a real taste for indigenous cultures. The SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market is an indigenous art fair that takes place every August, celebrating the artistic heritage and contributions of Native Americans.
  • You may not have guessed it, but Santa Fe is home to one of the most art gallery dense districts in the US.
  • We would say that Santa Fe is a community that makes artistic expression happen on an equal platform. Next to the annual indigenous fair, there is also a noted Folk Art Museum as well as the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, a museum dedicated to one of America’s greatest female artists. O’Keefe spent her final years in Santa Fe and many of her final works were inspired by New Mexico, Santa Fe especially.

St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg is Russia’s cultural capital and served as the country’s imperial capital for 2 centuries. The cultural variety alive in St. Petersburg stretches from its world class ballet as shown in the Mariinsky Theater to the world-renowned Hermitage museum, Orthodox icon paintings and Kandinsky masterpieces.

Why we recommend it

  • Because of its Northern location, St Pertersburg experiences its own version of the Midnight Sun during the summer months, starting in May, making it a perfect time to wander around the city at night when everything is quiet.
  • St. Petersburg knows how to mix the old and the new effectively. Next to architecture and painting showcasing its imperial and Eastern orthodox heritage, the city inspires young artists to move and share their vision in St. Petersburg. In this, the city actively tries to reinvent out of use buildings such as the former bread factory turned visual arts and performing space called Loft Project ETAGI, resembling a small artist city complete with bookstores, galleries and cafes.
  • The Mariinsky Ballet Company is known as the second best in the whole world, with the first place going to the Balshoi Ballet company in Moscow. Russian ballet is wondrous to behold so try to catch a show while you are here.

Vienna, Austria

Austria’s capital is defined by high culture in its sublime architecture, art and music. It is also one of the most beautiful cities in Europe to visit during winter and experience another one of Europe’s cultural traditions: the Christmas markets. But while Vienna seems elegant and refined on the surface, it is also home to a surprising and inspiring street art scene.

Why we recommend it

  • Viennese food culture is all about the simple yet delicious pleasures. With a vibrant coffee culture, your drink will always need the company of a traditional Viennese dessert like the Sachertorte (chocolate cake) or a Kaisershmarnn, a shredded, fluffy pancake named after Emperor Franz Joseph I who loved these kinds of desserts.
  • You will want to catch a show at the most important Opera House in the world, the Vienna State Opera House, showing no less than 300 performances a year. Check the calendar before booking your trip.
  • Have you considered how you might get to Vienna? How about on a bicycle? Vienna is a very bicycle friendly city, but there is a route you can cycle from Germany all the way to Vienna starting from Passau. It is one of the most popular cycling routes in the whole of Europe.

Destinations celebrated for their unique natural beauty

While we could easily make the whole top 100 list only about this, we have collected some of our personal favorites here for you. We have focused on offering an overview with some variety of natural heritage across the world as well as those destinations that can offer that little bit extra in a meaningful cultural experience.

Scotland

With fertile and lush lowlands, mountainous highlands, lochs, beaches, islands and moors, Scotland is a destination for hikers of all ages and levels as well as fascinating historical remains to discover. The most surprising trait Scotland posses, is its incredible natural diversity.

Why we recommend it

  • Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles at 1,345 meters (4412 feet) and can be climbed.
  • Real enthusiasts can challenge themselves on the Scottish National Trail, a 864 kilometer trail running from Kirk Yethholm to Cape Wrath. This hike will take around 5 weeks of walking.
  • Wild camping is allowed in Scotland, so you can get a real outdoors experience. But e sure to inform yourself about the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
  • Scotland was first populated 12,000 years ago, apparent in its complex history and diverse architecture as best experienced in Edinburgh.
  • Scotland’s capital is more than 1300 years old and an ideal culture break in-between hikes.

Iceland

Iceland is identified by some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes with lava fields, volcanoes, glaciers hot springs and geysers. These magical qualities are made even more so by the locals who are not only peaceful and friendly. But it has been reported that more than half of Icelanders believe in the existence of fairies, a creature that features in their folklore. This combination makes a trip to Iceland, really like a trip to another world.

Why we recommend it

  • Iceland is a popular travel destination so attractions will get crowded, especially during summer. But if you are indeed traveling during high season, it could come with an unexpected bonus. Go out and explore the natural sights during the midnight sun and escape the crowds while also seeing the landscapes in a more romantic atmosphere.
  • Icelandic farmers open their doors to travelers who want to buy their fresh produce. So of you are driving around exploring the countryside, stop off at the farms instead of the overpriced gas station shops.
  • Iceland has many campsites for you to take advantage of, which will help you connect with nature and save money.
  • Far stays are very popular in Iceland and it is a great way to connect with the locals.

Chile

Chile is a narrow and long country in South America’s outer west. Its shape and location makes it a wonderfully diverse travel destination with deserts in the north and an icy paradise in the south. Chile is known as one of the safest countries in Latin America and it is a place that is best enjoyed slowly, taking the time to explore the natural and cultural diversity.

Why we recommend it

  • You can experience all kinds of natural extremes in one country. The north of Chile is home to the stark Atacama desert, one of the driest deserts in the world, and to the south Torres del Paine, a rugged wilderness with snow capped mountains and some of the best hiking in Latin America.
  • You can take a side trip to Easter Island and explore the monolithic statues believed to have been created between the 11th and 15th century.
  • You can visit South America’s biggest glacier, the brüggen glacier, which is still growing.
  • You can go skiing during the summer in the Chilean Andes.
  • Chile has a highly developed infrastructure which will allow you to travel efficiently and comfortably.

Argentina

Right next door to Chile, is the giant of Argentina, the largest Spanish-speaking nation in the world. From the dramatic waterfalls and mountain capes to the artistic center of Buenos Aires where the tango was born, nature lovers will find a thrilling balance between nature and culture.

Why we recommend it

  • Argentina is very safe to visit and has an extensive public transportation network with trams, trains, long distance buses, metros, … This does mean Argentina is not the cheapest country to travel through. You can compare prices to those of Madrid, Spain.
  • Argentina’s natural sites are beyond compare. When seeing the Iguazu Falls, Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly said “Poor Niagra!” after observing the grandeur of these waterfalls. But next to waterfalls, Argentina also has icefalls. Los Glaciers National park in the country’s southwest is a paradise of icy formations and a park best discovered on horseback.
  • You can travel to the most southern part of South America to Argentina’s province of Tierra del Fuego, a beautiful region that has been inhabited by indigenous communities for the past 8000 years.

Indonesia

Indonesia is a Southeastern Asian country famous for mountain ranges of up to 3800 meters above sea level, pristine coastal regions, valleys and impressive diving opportunities. With its 18,000 islands making it the largest archipelago, Indonesia is highly divers above as well as under water.

Why we recommend it

  • Wildlife enthusiasts can spot the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard, on Indonesia’s Komodo Island.
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  • Next to the largest lizard, Indonesia is also home to the largest flower. The Rafflesia Arnoldi can be found on the island of Sumatra and can weigh up to 7 kilograms (15 pounds).
  • The the Transjakarta Busway offers affordable and relatively efficient travel.
  • Indonesia’s waters feature 15% of the world’s coral species and 25% of its fish species. Additionally, the Bunaken National Marine Parks holds 70% of all the Indo-Pacific fish currently known to us, making Indonesia a top scuba diving destination.
  • The Borobudur Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the world with 6 squares, 9 stacked platforms and 3 central domes. Buddhism is one of the 6 recognized religions in Indonesia along with Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Protestantism and Catholicism.

Colorado

Colorado is the ultimate state for the nature enthusiasts with remarkable diversity from ski resorts to cave dwelling, sand dunes, lush grasslands, Rocky Mountain peaks, red rock formations and dinosaur remains. Come here for hiking, skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking, fishing, four-wheeling and horseback riding.

Why we recommend it

  • Colorado is a destination you can visit year-round. On average, Colorado has 300 days of sun a year.
  • Colorado is very easily accessible via highways as well as air travel, with Denver international airport welcoming a large number of domestic and international arilines.
  • Colorado has some famous inhabitants who occasionally show themselves like mountain goats, bighorn sheep, elk and moose. Over 400 bird species can be spotted cross-state including bald eagles, and snow geese, and you might even see some predictors. Mountain lions, black bears and bobcats have on occasion been sighted.
  • The outdoor scene is complimented with laid-back cities boasting a splendid cultural scene in Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs. Denver is known for its vibrant art scene, Colorado Springs is an excellent family destination and Boulder is a trendy town with a hippie reputation.

Oregon

Nature travelers will feel right at home here in Oregon with its incredible wilderness fit for hiking and mountain biking adventures. If you are feeling up for an extra challenge, why not join the longest walking and running relay in the world, Hood to Coast. This 320 kilometer (200 miles) route is a very unique way to experience Oregon’s surroundings.

Why we recommend it

  • Oregon boasts one of the richest fossil beds in the world in The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. To find one that could rival Oregon’s fossil beds, you’d have to travel as far as Pakistan.
  • The Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge welcomes the biggest concentration of wintering bald eagles.
  • Oregon’s crater lake is known for being an intense a mesmerizing blue, in part because it is the deepest lake in the United States with its 588 meters (1932 feet.
  • Oregon’s coastlines are less about sunbathing and frolicking, but more about appreciating their natural beauty mainly due to rocky landscapes such as the Haystack Rock.

Places to Consider in Oregon

Montana

This western state is the 4th biggest in the United States but only 44th when it comes to population. The low population rates leaves room for vast, open spaces in-between tall mountains. The outdoor lovers will find plenty to do with sports like hiking, mountain biking, winter- and water sports.

Why we recommend it

  • Montana is often referred to as “the big sky country”. With so little light pollution, it is an ideal destination for stargazers.
  • Montana is a top fly fishing destination, especially in the Bitterroot River.
  • Montana has some true wilderness to be discovered where you can feel completely alone. The most notable one being Glacier National Park located in Montana’s Rockies.
  • You can spot a large variety of wildlife species in Montana. For example, Montana has the biggest migratory herd of elks, has a large population of breeding trumpeter swans and holds the record for bald eagle sightings in one day.

Africa has been referred to as the cradle of civilization and traveling there will definitely make you feel like you are going back to your roots. Tanzania is one of Africa’s most popular destinations with the wild array of wildlife spread over 16 national parks and game reserves, the Maasai people and iconic Kilimanjaro. If you want to go to Africa for the Big 5 and want to spot as many animals as you can. Tanzania is the country to visit.

Why we recommend it

  • Many true nature lovers will have ‘the great migration’ on their bucket list. While essentially nothing more than a search for greener grass, the migrating wildebeest need to cross the Serengeti and face the element as well as looming predictors.
  • In addition to having over 1000 bird species to spot, Tanzania is home to lions, elephants, rhinos buffalo, crocodiles, hippos and more.
  • Almost 30% of Tanzania is made up of national parks. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the best places to spot the famous big 5 and the Selous Game Reserve boasts the largest concentration of wild dogs, hippos and crocodiles.

Alaska

Alaska has been nicknamed the Last Frontier because of its rugged, extreme landscapes and its distance from the rest of the United States. This is a destination for the serious nature junkies who want to push their boundaries and explore a stunning slice of wilderness with staggering mountain peaks, glaciers, icebergs, ice caves. But like Christopher McCandless’ account taught us, be prepared!

Why we recommend it

  • Alaska’s main appeal is in its astounding diverse landscape and the high concentration of natural attractions. Alaska has no less than 3000 rivers, 3 million lakes and more coastline that the rest of the United States put together.
  • 5% of the state is covered in glaciers. This amounts to half of the world’s glaciers.
  • 80% of the United States’ active volcanoes, are located in Alaska.
  • No need to travel to Norway. Between mid-september and late-april, you can see the northern lights in Alaska. Here you can also experience the midnight sun, with more hours of sunlight the further north you go.

Best destinations for travelers on a budget

While our list of budget destinations list countries that are, on every level, cheaper than you average destination, budget travel also depends on the choices you make. The most important one is that you have to take a lot of responsibility for yourself and depend a lot less on touring agencies and hotels. You will have to learn to be more independent and travel like local rather than like a tourist.

Bolivia

Bolivia is a budget traveler’s dream and combines fantastic natural sites with a beautifully varied cultural heritage. While this is an ultimate destination for the budget traveler, but we do recommend the more experiences backpacker to put Bolivia on their list, especially when traveling alone. While Bolivia is safe for tourists, the tourist infrastructure is still mainly lacking.

Why we recommend it

  • If you chase down local haunts for dinner, you can eat for a couple of dollars.
  • Public transportation is widely used by locals as well as tourists. While safe, you should realize that it is not uncommon to be stuck due to bad weather, bad roads or even illegal blockades.
  • You can get to most places on local buses so you don’t have to pay for tours and private transport. You can also visit most landmarks alone, except for the Amazon.
  • Hostel culture is highly developed and most in Sucre offer cheap Spanish classes and you can find abed starting at 5 USD.
  • While one if its most beautiful countries, Bolivia is less visited in Latin America because it is landlocked, meaning less tourists!

Romania

Romania is part of Europe’s colorful south-east. While tourism has slowly been on the rise, Romania is still one of those European countries you can visit without being completely overrun by other travelers. This means less stressful travels and also, less expensive. When thinking about Romania, you might instantly think about the world’s most famous vampire, Dracula. But what will charm you most is the vibrant energy of the county’s capital, Bucharest, the green, rolling hills, and the Transylvanian towns that transport you back in time.

Why we recommend it

  • Romania has many types of buses going from the normal sized ones to mini-buses and maxitaxis. If you want to travel around the country cheaply, the bus is a great option but you may need to step outside of your comfort zone and plan ahead. A chance for adventure.
  • Within the larger cities itself, public transportation is a lot more reliable and also very affordable. You are expected to purchase your ticket before boarding (cash only in most cases). Bucharest is the only city with a metro.
  • Romania has been inhabited since prehistoric times, so there is history everywhere.
  • Romania has some unique natural wonders with the second largest underwater glacier in the world and an underground amusement park in a salt mine!

Portugal

Tourism might be booming in Portugal, but that won’t hurt your budget necessarily. Portugal is a great destination for the entry-level budget traveler to develop a taste for simple, cheap travel. Mainly so because of its safety and a well-developed tourist network of excellent train and bus connections.

Why we recommend it

  • Come here to lounge in Lisbon’s charming cafe’s and listen to Fado, the local music tradition that has also been named UNESCO World Heritage.
  • Portugal’s public transportation network is highly developed and efficient, making it very easy for you to save money and learn to handle public transportation in new cultures. In Lisbon and Porto, take the metro. It will cost you 7 USD for a whole day in Lisbon and 6 in Porto.
  • Every major city in Portugal is connected by a highly efficient rail network. There are the inter-regional trains connecting bigger towns but also stopping in the smaller ones, the intercity trains with the same function, but fewer stops, the urban commuters active and around Lisbon and Porto, and the Alfa Pendular, a high-speed train running the Braga-Porto-Coimbra-Lisbon-Far route.
  • Carris is Lisbons’s public transportation company and you will often get a 40% discount if you buy the tickets ahead of time at the yellow booths.

Greece

Greece is perfect for the budget traveler who is new to travel, just like Portugal, but can appreciate a country that is a bit more rough around the edges in comparison. The infrastructure, while cheap, is more laid out than some other countries on this list and you have excellent long distance bus connections. Additionally, you can explore a large variety of sites and find your travel identity. Architecture, religion, islands, nature, traditional towns, … Take your pick!

Why we recommend it

  • Ikaria is one of the world’s Blue Zones, indicating long life and health in its locals.
  • Greece has affordable long distance buses that are easily available. The rural areas also have a bus infrastructure. Here, buses usually stop in front of coffee houses.
  • With an average of 250 sunny days per year, Greece is one of the most sunny countries in the world.
  • The Akropolis and Delphi are not the only sites worth visiting. Meteora is a fascinating scene of monasteries built on pillar cliffs raising over 300 meters from the ground.
  • If you wander a little while away from the tourist centers looking for a place to eat, you will receive giant plates of authentic Greek cuisine for very little money.

Jordan

Jordan is a Middle-Eastern country located on the eastern bank of the Jordan river noted for its archaeological sites. Perhaps you heard visiting Petra is expensive and you wonder why Jordan is on the budget list. But if you keep it simple and only save the bigger expensive for entry tickets, it is perfectly possible to travel to Jordan on a budget.

Why we recommend it

  • Jordan has its iconic destinations such as Petra, the Dead Sea and Wadi Rum, but this is a great destination to immerse yourself in local culture. Start with public transportation. A half hour journey will only cost around 1 USD. Be mindful that buses don’t have a time table and leave when full.
  • You can get a hostel bed from 15 USD.
  • You can arrange for a cheap homestay in this country famous for its hospitable people and learn about local customs.
  • Jordan is peaceful and signed its famous peace treaty with Israel. Back in 1994

Nicaragua

Welcome to the country of lakes and volcanoes! Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America and while it may have developed a bad reputation with its political unrest, this really shouldn’t deter travelers because it is highly unlikely to affect them. Adventure travelers, city flaneurs and beach goers alike will be in for a wonderful time. And here is why.

Why we recommend it

  • Public transportation in Nicaragua, the so called “chicken buses” are a worn down version of the yellow US school bus and a lively tourist attraction on their own and are very cheap.
  • You can get a bed in a hostel from 5 USD and more upscale private rooms for 20 USD.
  • Eating out at local restaurants will only cost you a couple of dollars.
  • The entrance fees for volcanoes and natural sites are a lot cheaper than the rest of Central America.
  • Adventure travelers will enjoy the freedom of a country without strict tourist laws. You can hike up active volcanoes and do so without a tour. Make sure you are ready for this!

Bosnia and Herzigovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country on the Balkan Peninsula in southeast Europe. It is a country of interesting extremes and while is has a pretty dark past in recent history, it is a picture of peace and harmony in some areas of the country. Budget travelers will be able to get around cheaply, but it will require some creativity here and there.

Why we recommend it

  • Peru?ica National Park is located close tot he border with Montenegro and is one of Europe’s last remaining primeval forests.
  • There are daily public buses running between the cities. Tickets are relatively cheap. For example, Sarajevo to Mostar (129 kilometers) will cost you around 11 USD (20 BAM).
  • At bigger destinations like Mostar and Sarajevo, you can get a hostel bed starting at 15 USD.
  • Bosnia and Herzigovina can show you fascinating contradictions. While Sarajevo is a kind of haven where Christians, Muslims and Jews live together in harmony, Mostar is divided into two. Bosnian Croations live on the west of the Neretva River and Bosniaks on the east.

Morocco

Morocco is located in the northwestern tip of Africa bordering both the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines. It is one of the continent’s most popular destinations with its main draw being its cultural mish-mash of Berber, Arab, Andalusian, French, Portuguese and Spanish influences. The souks are brimming with local arts and crafts in ceramics, jewels and metals.

Why we recommend it

  • Morocco has excellent bus connections and you will be able to get around easily on a budget.
  • You can find all kinds of accommodations in big cities like Marrakesh, but you can also find cheaper hostels starting at 15 USD.
  • The highest mountain in Morocco, Toubkal, is also the highest peak in North Africa and can be climbed.
  • You have easy access to the Sahara Desert where you can take camping trips and tours on camel back.
  • There are plenty of imperial cities of Marrakesh, Fes, Rabat and Meknes to explore with palaces, souks, medinas and mosques dating back centuries.

Nepal

Safer and more peaceful than its popular neighbor India, Nepal is a top destination for the budget traveler as well as the solo traveler. While the tallest mountain in the world is often its biggest appeal, Nepal has a lot to offer and to some, a surprising amount of diversity in nature as well as culture.

Why we recommend it

  • The Kathmandu Valley is noted for having the largest concentration of UNESO World Heritage Sites on the planet in its temples and palaces.
  • Nepal has some of the most beautiful trekking trails in the world, and not only for expert trekkers. Shorter trails are available, especially in the Annapurna district, with stunning mountain views and charming, traditional towns.
  • Did you know the Buddha was born in Nepal? Lumbini is located in Nepal’s far south and is regarded the official birthplace the Buddha. A glorious temples has been raised on the exact location the birth is believed to have taken place and can be visited (on your socks).
  • Nepal is a great place to spot the bengal tiger, Indian elephant and rhinoceros in the wild.
  • Nepal has accommodations available for all budgets, but you can expect to find high quality hostels starting as low as 4USD.

Vietnam

Vietnam is a country is Southeast Asia located on the South China Sea. With its long, thin shape bordering the coast, Vietnam is known for its coastlines and rivers along with its vibrant, friendly cities and Buddhist pagodas. Vietnam is a favorite among backpackers and many people extend their trip because it is so easy and so cheap to explore this beautiful country.

Why we recommend it

  • Hostel prizes start at 5 USD a night, this often includes breakfast. You can also eat very cheaply with a bowl of pho costing a mere 1 USD at street stalls and 2 USD in local restaurants.
  • Vietnam has the best night buses in Southeast Asia and they are very cheap, with a ticket costing no more than 8 USD.
  • Vietnam is a very safe country and reports on assaults or muggings are very rare. The only thing you have to keep an eye out for, is scams in the capital of Hanoi. So always use common sense when encountering locals.
  • Vietnam is home to eight World Heritage sites that include ruins, town and buildings, but also natural sites such as Ha Long Bay and Phong Nha – K? Bàng National Park.

Best destinations for families

Nothing is more thrilling than traveling with your family, but it can also be pretty terrifying. Your main concern is with the safety of your children but you also want then to learn and experience new things. In this, you will want to focus on countries that don’t only have a reputation for being very safe, but also have a decent tourist infrastructure, know how to organize family activities and can offer something unique your children can learn from and become better people in the process.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is home to 6% of the world’s biodiversity so it could easily have made our nature list, but it’s unique way in which it accommodates to families is one of its best features. The tourism industry is highly developed in Costa Rica and this is especially a great destination for families who want an adventurous and exotic getaway within a reliable infrastructure.

Why we recommend it

  • Costa Rica is the safest country in Central America and while not exactly cheap, it is more affordable than most other exotic destinations.
  • There are so many activities to choose from, all of which are adapted for children as well as adults in rain forests, volcanoes and beaches. From ziplines to rafting, hiking, surfing, kayaking, horseback riding, and so on.
  • Holding 6% of the world’s biodiversity in such a small country, Costa Rica is an ideal place to take your kids wildlife spotting and teach them about our fragile ecosystem. Sloths, tapir, toucans, 4 types of monkeys, coatis, and many more can be spotted here.

Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls is located in Eastern Idaho and a top location for those looking to have a varied family outing mixing the outdoors with a valuable cultural experience. The so called Greenbelt hosts a waterfall and parks with various trails, while the city has a zoo as well as exhibits on local history including a reproduction of a 19th century town and objects dating back to the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Why we recommend it

  • The Snake River Greenbelt boasts a 600 foot waterfall surrounded by trails for walking, cycling lined with sculptures.
  • Next to natural beauty, there are plenty of education opportunities and a chance for kids to play using their brain with escape rooms, a Guns N Gear program and the Idaho Museum with 25000 artifacts of historical, biological and cultural value in connection with local history.
  • Yellowstone National Parks I only a 2 hours drive away, for those wanting to kick it up a notch.

Big Bear Region

California’s Big Bear Region is a destination suited for the adventurous families. During the winter, Big Bear is a top Californian ski and snowboard destination with two big resorts Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. During the warmer months fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking are popular.

Why we recommend it

  • With the San Berardino National Forest, you can keep your entire family occupied with a large amount of trails, all of varying difficulty levels.
  • Nature exploration and sports can be alternated with cultural and education activities with a historical museum mainly focusing on the local mining history, solar observatory, and Gold Rush Mining Adventure for the whole family to enjoy.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is located in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Come here to introduce your family to natural wonders such as the ancient giants – sequoia trees, Tunnel View, Bradaveil Falls, and the cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan.

Why we recommend it

  • Yosemite National Park is the most popular and most visited national park in the United States. Like other national parks, Yosemite is part of the “Every Kids in the Park” initiative that allows 4th graders to enter the parks for free.
  • The park is also fit for the smallest among us who might not make it on bigger hikes, because Yosemite offers a Valley Floor Tour – a 2 hour open air tram ride.
  • The visitor center has activities just for families, like the ranger programs and art workshops.

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Cherokee, NC

North Carolina’s Cherokee is the perfect location to teach your kids about the Native American tribes that inhabited the regions before the European immigrations by visiting the Oconaluftee Indian Village. The village is located on the Rattlesnake Mountain close to the Great Smokey Mountains. Here you can also visit the mountain farm museum, visitor center and Mingus Mill.

Why we recommend it

  • Cherokee doesn’t only offer a recreation of Native American life, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a 56000 acre reservation that is still intrinsically linked with ancient traditions and customs.
  • Visit the Smoky Mountains themselves where you will get a chance to spot coyotes, black bears, deer, raccoon, and groundhogs.

Palm Springs

Palm Springs for families? You may not have thought so with its stylish, modern reputation, vivid art scene and strong reputation as a retirement destination. But families are definitely welcome here, not just those looking for a stylish city escape.

Why we recommend it

  • Palm Springs is the city of endless sun with no less than 360 days out of the year that are sunny. This means it is an excellent destination year round and you don’t need to restrict yourself to seasons.
  • Palm Springs is home to a different kind of zoo altogether. The Living Desert Zoo is an animal center that mimics the African savanna and also houses its original inhabitants such as giraffes, leopards and antelopes.
  • Palm Spring has a large amount of activities kids adore including the world’s largest rotating tram car, the Palm Springs Air Museum which has often found its way into the world’s best aviation museum list, stargazing tours and horseback riding.

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon probably needs no introduction at all, but it was still impossible to keep off the list. Arizona’s famous national park is instantly recognizable with its dramatic red, layered rock formations that paint a picture of millions of years of geological history. The grand canyon is accessible for anyone including families, and has several lookout points to aim for including the Desert View Watchtower, Yavapai Observation Station and Mather Point. You can hike, go horseback riding, raft and swim.

Why we recommend it

  • Other than the natural wonder that is the Grand Canyon, there are also great educational opportunities for your kids in the Grand Canyon Junior Ranger Programs and the Grand Canyon Field Institute. These programs are suitable for kids up to the age of 17 and starting from 3.
  • The Grand Canyon is home to a great variety of wildlife like bighorn sheep, mountain lions, elk, mule deer, canyon bats, birds of prey, and so on.

Dordogne, France

Dordogne is located in France’s spectacularly beautiful southwest, between the Pyrenees and the Loire. Next to the sublime natural surroundings, you can find 3 levels of history with the most famous prehistoric cave paintings in Lascaux, the St. Front cathedral with its 5 domes and the Roman ruins. We recommend this destination if you want to teach your children about ancient history and immerse them in nature, architecture and the bustle of local life in southern France.

Why we recommend it

  • Learn about prehistoric history together with your children in the caves of Lascaux, Font-de Gaume and Rouffignac.
  • Go castle hunting. There are 1000 ones in Dordogne alone. Top examples are Chateau de Beynac and Chateau de Castelnaud.
  • You can combine history with adventure during a family canoeing and kayaking trip on the Dordogne River where a new medieval town reveals itself after every bend.

London, England

Welcome to England’s, capital. A city rife with history and an important center for religious and social changes during the medieval and renaissance period. But London’s eclectic culture scene has a lot more to offer than that, especially for families.

Why we recommend it

  • London is a varied destination. One of the most child-friendly destinations is Winsor Legoland, one of the most popular theme parks in Europe. Next to that, you have science museums, portrait galleries and some of the world’s most notable historical sites still standing today.
  • The V&A Museum of Childhood is a branch of the Victoria and Albert Museum that specialized in objects for children and by children.
  • You can visit the Warner Bros Studio and experience The Making of Harry Potter with props, sets, costumes and an introduction to the special effects.

Malaysia

If you are considering taking your kids to Asia, Malaysia should be way up on the list. This southeast Asian country is known for its rain forests, beaches and an interesting mix of cultures with European, Chinese, Malay, and Indian influences. With a history full of pirates, tea plantations, orangutans everywhere, native tribes, islands with tropical beaches, and delicious seafood, there is something for everyone in the family.

Why we recommend it

  • We believe Malaysia is a great destination to teach your children how to be world citizens. Next to the major crossroads of influences, Malaysia is in essence a Muslim country. The variety of religion here is respected among its people. Being peaceful and balanced, it is a great opportunity to show a more nuanced and real image of this religion rather than the negative one that keeps getting perpetuated.
  • With so much culture around, don’t forget that Borneo is the adventure capital with hiking, rafting, scuba diving and so on.
  • Immerse your kids in the culture and teach them about hand etiquette, local food, local customs (like the Malay time that is very similar to the slow pace of life in Spain and Latin America.

Best destinations for solo female travelers

More and more women are taking the decision to travel alone, and so more question arise which destinations are the safest and most female-friendly. While we would argue you can travel to most places as a female, there are those that can act as a kind of teacher to you, before you set off on the more challenging ones.

Ireland

Ireland is a favorite for many solo travelers because it combines a familiar feeling of safety with an otherworldly charm of lush green hills, ancient castles and rugged cliffs. With attractions such as the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, the Giant Causeway and Gelendalough, Ireland is definitely a destination that should move to the top of your list.

Why we recommend it

  • Ireland boasts more than 30,000 castles and ruins.
  • The pub and drinking culture is so important in Ireland, that even most hostels are attached to a pub. This will help you socialize when traveling alone.
  • Travel is easy and Ireland has a great public bus system (trains are generally slower and more expensive). So you shouldn’t feel too challenged in traveling around on your own.
  • The Irish are warm and friendly and love to talk. You will find it very easy to connect with them.

Australia

Vast, seemingly endless landscapes, modern cities and varied natural sites define Australia. While not the cheapest destination, it is certainly one of the most visited ones by solo travelers. This is mainly due to its popularity as a working holiday destination and the fact that it is one of the safest countries in the world with some of the highest life standards.

Why we recommend it

  • The Great Barrier Reef is the largest ecosystem in the world and one of the seven natural wonders. You can visit it in a snorkeling and scuba diving tour.
  • 80% of Australia’s wildlife is unique to the country and is the place to spot the koala, wallaby, kangaroo, dingo, and more.
  • Tasmania is noted for having the cleanest air in the world, and Australia as a whole has very clean air compared tot he rest of the world.
  • Australia is known for having huge distances between places, but they are well covered by excellent bus connections and train connections.
  • The accommodation options in Australia are immensely varied with hostels, flats, farm-stays, home-stays, and so on. Find the accommodation type you are most comfortable with or mix them up to meet a variety of different people.

New Zealand

Nobody can deny New Zealand’s natural beauty since the epic Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. While the fantasy franchises may have boosted New Zealand’s tourism industry significantly, this country has plenty to recommend it.

Why we recommend it

  • You can do just about anything from New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland. You can visit beaches. Wineries, explore hiking trails, visit volcanoes. The city itself is alive with restaurants, bars and art galleries. The perfect launching point for a diverse holiday.
  • Wherever you are in New Zealand, you are within 120 kilometers of a coastline.
  • New Zealand is also a great hub if you are into extreme sports from Queenstown.
  • New Zealand’s Intercity Buses will take you to all the most well-known destinations. You will only need to rent a car if you want to go off the beaten path.
  • While close to Australia, New Zealand is a lot smaller and a lot cheaper as well. So solo travelers on a budget, will be better off here than in Australia.

Thailand

You will feel safe and comfortable to travel alone in Thailand and will also be one of a large community doing so, so you will be able to meet people easily. Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand is by far the most popular destination in this region.

Why we recommend it

  • Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia that was never colonized by Europe. So you will be able to experience a culture more in tun with its own traditions.
  • Thailand has no less than 35,000 temples for you to hunt down and explore.
  • Next to being safe, Thailand is also very cheap compared to some other destination on this list. So perfect for those who have to travel on a smaller budget. Even for private rooms you can expect to get quality for 10 USD.
  • Thailand has an extensive bus network for you to make use of as well as mini-vans and tuk tuks. All of them very cheap. While trains are also available, they only connect with major cities.
  • You can explore Thailand independently and rent a scooter for 5 USD a day. Only make sure you inform yourself about the traffic rules.

Norway

The type of solo traveler to enjoy Norway, would be the one who is comfortable with actually being alone. While you will meet plenty of people in the cities, venturing into the more remote areas can reward you with some chances to truly feel alone. Additionally, Norway is better for those who can stretch their budget a little. While you can cut corners here and there, Norway’s life standards makes every day purchases a lot more expensive.

Why we recommend it

  • Norway is a very safe place to travel, even hitchhiking solo is safe to do here.
  • Noway has train as well as bus networks connecting the country, neither of which are cheap. But they are very modern and comfortable and will offer you scenic views of the Norwegian countryside.
  • The biggest wild reindeer herd in Europe lives in Norway.
  • Couchsurfing, while increasingly less popular elsewhere, is still very popular in Norway. You will get a valuable cultural exchange and save tons of money.
  • Good news for adventure travelers looking to reconnect with nature. In Norway, it is allowed to go wild camping. A great way to save money and a great experience for any traveler.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam seems to be viewed in rather extreme terms. Ask people what draws them in and most might talk about the party culture tied to the city and the liberal marijuana laws. But of course, Amsterdam is a fascinating destination especially for the solo traveler. With a well-developed infrastructure and some of the world’s most fascinating museums such as the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh museum, Amsterdam is also a highly valued cultural destination.

Why we recommend it

  • The Netherlands is one of the most progressive countries in the world when it comes to liberal thinking. So finding women wandering alone around Amsterdam is hardly going to raise heads.
  • Amsterdam has 165 canals covering 100 kilometers. This means Amsterdam has more canals than Venice.
  • Rijksmuseum might be Amsterdam’s most famous museum, but it also has an escape room! Recover formula stolen from Alessandro Cagliostro’s 18th century book.
  • Amsterdam has more than 1 million bicycles for its 821,000 people and over 400 kilometers of bicycle roads can be found in this city alone. So act like a local and get to exploring on a bike!
  • Amsterdam is a very walkable city but there is also an effective metro and bus connection to take you anywhere you need to go. The metro is without a doubt the most efficient way to travel.

Philippines

The Philippines is a Southeastern archipelagic country consisting of 7641 islands that fall under the broader categories of Visayas, Luzon and Mindanao. Its beaches, lush scenery and welcoming locals, make the Philippines an ideal destination for solo travelers.

Why we recommend it

  • The Philippines has the highest number of newly discovered species in the world, having discovered 16 new ones between 2007 and 2017.
  • Public transport is a pleasant adventure for the experienced traveler. While The Philippines are not highly developed in terms of transport, you can catch long distance buses on the larger islands.
  • Jeepneys are cheap and fun to travel in. These old jeeps have been converted into public buses and are usually decorated in very bright colors.
  • Batanes is one of the safest and most beautiful places to visit as a solo traveler with its lighthouses, canyons, hills, cliffs and rustic houses. The crime rate is practically non existent.

Japan

Japan is one of the best countries to embark on a solo trip, especially if it is your first time doing so in a different culture. It is one of the world’s safest countries and known for its hyper-modernity and efficiency. The only downside is that people might be a bit harder to connect with, so while you are exploring some of the world’s most glorious sites, you might feel a little isolated. If this could be a problem for you, follow the above mentioned tips and find some travel buddies in local hostels.

Why we recommend it

  • Japan is extremely safe. Even pickpocketing is very unlikely to happen (that doesn’t mean you should drop your guard).
  • You will find Japan is blissfully void of cat-callers. It is simply not part of their culture to do so.
  • Japan is extremely organized in its public transportation. All Japanese cities are equipped with metro lines that are punctual and clean.
  • Japan has a fascinating geography and actually consists of 6852 islands, the biggest ones being Shikoku, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Honshu.
  • The town of Kyoto is an outdoor museum with imperial palaces, wooden houses and Buddhist temples.

Belgium

Belgium is often overlooked for its more famous neighbors Germany, the Netherlands and France, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in diversity. From medieval to baroque architecture, surrealist painters, comic book culture and some of the world’s most iconic festivals, Belgium is a great spot for the solo female traveler looking to find her rhythm.

Why we recommend it

  • Belgium has reliable bus, train and in the case of Brussels metro networks. Trains connect with all major cities as well as the smaller ones. That being said, train strikes do happen regularly but are announced up front. Train connections are also a little less efficient in the south.
  • The best cities to travel alone are Gent, Leuven and Bruges. Leuven especially is usually missed by tourists and with it being a charming student town, you can join the nightlife.
  • Belgium is tiny. It will take you little more than 3 hours to reach the other side of the country by train. Meaning you can explore perhaps the whole country in a short time.
  • During the summer months of July and August, the solo traveler can be part of some of the most iconic music festivals including Graspop, Pukkelpop and Tomorrowland.

Canada

If you are an outdoors lover who prefers some peace of mind in terms of travel comfort, Canada is the place for you. Canada is the second largest country in the world after Russia and has so many national parks and sites that it will take you years to discover them.

Why we recommend it

  • Canada is home to the largest population of wild bears. For example, of the 25,000 polar bears, 15,000 live in Canada.
  • Canada has a very friendly and open-minded culture. You will find it easy to connect with the locals.
  • Canada is a very safe country and violent crimes are practically non-existent in the tourist destinations.
  • Canada is very easy to navigate with a varied number of traveling options.
  • Canada has some of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions in the Niagra Falls, the Rocky Mountains, Cabot trail, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Nahinni National Park Reserve, and so on.
  • Adventure tourists won’t know where to begin with activities such as climbing, hiking, fishing, skiing and snowboarding, camping, canoeing and kayaking.

Best exotic destinations

White sandy beaches, colorful drinks and resorts. A real dream for some of us. But while this is the traditional tourist magazine image of the exotic destinations, there is so much more to a lot of them. Have a look!

Bora Bora

The small island of Bora Bora is located in French Polynesia northwest of Tahiti. Defined by the small islets, bright, turquoise waters and coral reef, Bora Bora is a prime scuba diving and snorkeling destination. With its luxury resort, it is also a popular honeymoon destination.

Why we recommend it

  • Bora Bora is a stunning relaxation and luxury destination, and we recommend it for those who can afford to spend a little more on their holiday.
  • Bora Bora has its recognizable bungalows on stilts, built on the lagoon waters – making it an exclusive holiday destination and paradise island escape.
  • There is a huge variety of marine wildlife to spot from whales and dolphins to sea sea turtles. It is estimated that around 500 fish species can be spotted here.

Curaçao

This Dutch, Caribbean island is located just north of the Venezuelan coast and is characterized by its hidden coves, coral reefs and beaches as well as the colonial town of Willemstad.

Why we recommend it

  • Curaçao is rather unique in the list of Caribbean island destinations in that it has more to offer than a beach getaway. The town of Willemstad with its centuries of history, is the only World Heritage site in the Caribbean and a great cultural day trip.
  • Curaçao has a variety of beaches with the north having a more rugged appeal, and the south offering the more picture perfect Caribbean beaches you will be expecting. The waters a very calm and quiet, making them perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
  • Take some time for cultural immersion among the locals from various backgrounds like the native Arawak, but also the Dutch, African, West Indian and Latin backgrounds.

Cuba

Located in the northern Caribbean, Cuba marks the spot where the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea meet. Its capital is the bustling Havana featuring Spanish colonial architecture dating back to the 16th century.

Why we recommend it

  • Unlike some other destinations on this list, you can stay in Cuba for a relatively cheap price if you stay at the so called Casas Particulars. This is the Airbnb version of Cuba which has been there a lot longer.
  • The WiFi infrastructure in Cuba is not exactly developed, you would have to buy a special card, but use this opportunity to disconnect and enjoy local life. Walk around, talk to the locals, Cuba is safe.
  • Varadero beach is knows as the most beautiful beach in Cuba, with a coastline stretching 22 kilometers.
  • Enjoy Cuba’s nightlife entertainment and local delicacies such as Cuban rum and cigars.

Aruba

Aruba is an island located in the southern Caribbean Sea. The eastern coast is defined by rock formations, Caquetio Indian rock paintings, caves, rugged beach lines and a turtle nesting sites in the Arikok National Park.

Why we recommend it

  • Aruba has a very vibrant art scene. This is especially true in the town of San Nicolas, also known as the Sunrise City, with colorful street art and art galleries.
  • The small island of Aruba is home to no less than 90 nationalities from 130 countries.
  • If you visit nesting season, you can help protect the island’s turtles.
  • Aruba is a great family destination, especially the privately owned island of Palm Island that is great for kids. The Blue Parrot Fish Water Park with pools and water slides.

Puerto Rico

The Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico is a beautifully versatile destination with El Yunque tropical rain forest, waterfalls, mountains, beaches. The largest city and capital of San Juan is a coastal city home to hotels, casinos, and beachfront bars and restaurants. San Juan’s Old Town features colonial Spanish architecture and the old fortresses of La Fortaleza and El Morro.

Why we recommend it

  • If you are looking for a lot more than a lazy beach holiday, Puerto Rico has a beautifully varied landscape to explore with the Guánica Dry Forest, one of the world’s biggest dry forests, the Parque de las Cavernas del Rio Cavernas with stunning underground caves, and El Yunque, the only tropical rain forest listed in the United States National Forest System.
  • There is room for adventure in Toro Verde Adventure Park with ziplines, snorkeling and water sports.
  • Much like with the Maldives lower on this list, here too you can stroll along the beach at night with the blue-colored organisms glowing in the dark. If you are traveling for this reason, it is a lot cheaper in Puerto Rico than the Maldives.

Jamaica

Welcome to Bob Marley’s home country and the birthplace of reggae. The Caribbean island nation of Jamaica is know for its reef-lined beaches, rain forests, and mountains as well as its laid-back, reggae lifestyle. While Montego Bay and Negril is where you can get an all inclusive resort experience, the capital of Kingston is home to the Bob Marley Museum, Devon House and intoxicating reggae street dances.

Why we recommend it

  • You can go rafting in Jamaica, but not on your typical rafting boat. Instead, you will be exploring Jamaica’s tropics on a bamboo raft navigated by a raft captain. This is an activity popular with locals as well as tourists.
  • In Jamaica you can of course go snorkeling and scuba diving, but did you know you can also swim with horses?
  • Here, you can go bobsledding during the summer in the Mystic Mountain Adventure Park.

Maladives

The Maldives is a country in South Asia that consists of 26 atolls composed of more than 1000 coral islands. While almost every photo will show you the luxury bungalows lined up along the turquoise waters, the Maldives also boasts a vibrant town in its capital Malé with a bustling fish market, shops, bars, restaurants, and a glorious 17th century mosque, the Hukuru Miskiy, made out of white coral.

Why we recommend it

  • Next to Bora Bora, the Maldives is another striking honeymoon destination with the option of getting a private hut or bungalow on the water.
  • The bio-luminescent water is one of the Maldives’ biggest attractions.
  • While of course a luxury destination, it is possible to travel to the Maldives on a budget if you restrict yourself to guesthouses in the towns rather than private cabins at the beach.

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean country located on the Island of Hispaniola that it shares with Haiti. Next to being home to the tallest mountain in the Caribbean (Pico Duarte), the Dominican Republic has beaches, rain forests, savannas, and highlands and is mainly known for its golfing terrain and luxury resorts. Spanish landmarks can also be found including the Gothic Cathedral of Santo Domingo.

Why we recommend it

  • There is no shortage of exotic beaches. Playa Dorado is the most famous one with white sandy beaches, pearly blue water and hotels, restaurants and bars.
  • You can get some unique souvenirs from the Dominican Republic in the form of amber jewelry with local fossilized flora and fauna featured in the center.
  • Between December and March, around 2000 humpback whales come to the Dominican Republic’s shores to reproduce.
  • Since it shares an island with Haiti, you can combine two tropical destinations in a single trip.

San Blas, Panama

Panama’s San Blas Islands are a rather unique destination vastly different from any other on this list. For one, San Blas is a lot less developed, meaning you can come here for a real island experience that without the lavish resorts. The archipelago consists of 365 islands and cays, 49 of which are inhabited.

Why we recommend it

  • At San Blas, you will be able to encounter the Guna people who still inhabit the area with a total population of around 50000.
  • The Gunas still run the islands and the accommodations as well. So don’t expect 5-star luxury, but visit if you want a way more authentic island experience.
  • Getting there is part of the adventure. While other exotic destinations will be super easy to reach with dorect flights and taxis straight to your resort, San Blas will take several hours to reach even from Panama.

Roatan, Honduras

The Caribbean Island of Roatan is located at 65 kilometers north of mainland Honduras. Roatan is your classic island paradise escape and one that is also suited for the whole family.

Why we recommend it

  • Roatan is an ecotourism hot spot and has everything to offer from high-end luxury accommodations to budget.
  • The island is surrounded by the world’s second largest barrier reef, making it a prime spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. Those who would rather not go diving, can take the glass bottom boat tour.
  • If you are traveling with a family, expose your children to some culture that will also benefit the locals. Steel Pan Alley offers music lessons to tourists that in turn help maintain its mission to give the children of Roatan free music classes.

Best destinations for digital nomads

Have you always dreamed of traveling the world as a nomad while being able to support yourself easily? This was also the dream of an entire generation and it has opened up a whole new way of traveling. Cities around the world are working to cater to this large group of people maintaining an online career while traveling to these destinations that have an excellent digital nomad infrastructure that includes top Wi-Fi connection, cozy coffee shops, co-working spaces and last but not least, an inspiring environment and meaningful cultural immersion. Form established destinations to rising stars, here is our list of top digital nomad destinations!

Berlin, Germany

Berlin offers a fascinating glimpse into history with early medieval remnants, but also more recent events such as the Holocaust, the Cold War and the Stazi rule of the 80s. Additionally, Berlin has a vivid and colorful art scene as well as many modern landmarks. An inspiring destination for the digital nomad looking for variety at a top European destination.

Why we recommend it

  • Betahaus, St Oberholz and Factory are Berlin’s best co-working spaces. The most practical accommodation option for digital nomads is Airbnb. While the trendy neighborhoods can easily charge around 1500 euros per month, you can save quite a bit if you are willing to move outside of the center a bit or if you are willing to take a room rather than a whole flat.
  • Berlin has a lively digital nomad culture and you can meet other professionals and fellow nomads by keeping an eye on the site meetup.com.
  • Local have a very high level of English.

Taipei, Taiwan

Taiwan’s capital of Taiwan is a modern metropolis and a real treasure for digital nomads. Known for its lively, bustling shopping streets and contemporary buildings, there are also the historical touches like the colonial Japanese districts, an exquisite food culture and night markets.

Why we recommend it

  • FutureWard and Digiquarters are Tapei’s best co-working spaces.
  • The local speaks average to advanced English, so you will be able to communicate rather effectively.
  • Taipei is a very open, welcoming and friendly city with people keen to offer help to you. Perfect for the digital nomad new to the lifestyle and needing some help navigating themselves through a new culture.
  • The culture itself is very open and progressive as well. LGBT, people of color, women and all religions are respected in Taipei.

Tallinn, Estonia

Estonia’s Tallinn is an upcoming destination for digital nomads and rather unique in that you wouldn’t think it is a digital nomad destination at all. This charming, medieval towns boats cobblestone streets, a 15th century defense tower, a Gothic town hall and 13th century church. So this is an ideal digital nomad destination for the traveler who wants a change from hyper-modern and contemporary cities.

Why we recommend it

  • Spring Hub and Technopolis are Tallinn’s best co-working spaces, with more to follow.
  • Tallinn is investing greatly into being the next digital nomad hotspot with its e-residency program and digital nomad visa.
  • Estonia is actually the world’s most digitally advanced society. This dates back to 1991 when Estonia hoped technology would act as a buffer against the influence of the USSR.
  • Estonia is ranked as Europe’s third best country for start-ups.

Singapore

Singapore is located in Southeast Asia and is known as a financial capital with a very diverse and multicultural society. While very modern, the tropical climate still gives it a sort of exotic appeal with its all year round hot climate.

Why we recommend it

  • While not the cheapest destination on the list, you will be guaranteed high quality, luxury accommodations.
  • Singapore has high speed Wi-Fi as well as a lot of public internet hot spots that can be used for free.
  • You will have the whole of Southeast Asia right there on your doorstep! Perfect if you want to explore more of the continent.
  • The Work Project Bugis, the Hive New Bridge Road and The Great Room One George Street, are the most highly rated co-working spaces in Singapore.

Mexico City

Mexico’s capital is a fascinating mix of history, modernity all mixed with intriguing locals still very much in touch with their indigenous roots as well as the catholic ones. Known for having produced some of the world’s greatest artists in Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo, Mexico City has great artistic appeal and a vibrant nightlife. While safe in most areas, we recommend the destination of Mexico City for the digital nomad who is slightly more experienced and has developed travel instincts.

Why we recommend it

  • Condesa is known as the hipster paradise and is home to trendy bars and restaurants. This is the perfect area not just for work, but also to meet people. That being said, the districts of Roma (bordering Condesa), Coyoacan (where Friday and Trotsky lived) and Polanco are all safe and barring the latter, cheaper than Condesa.
  • Impact Hub DF, Punto Coworking Space Mexico and WeWork Oficinas are the top rated co-working spaces in Mexico City.

Other Places in Mexico to Consider:

Medellin, Colombia

Colombia is one of South America’s hot destinations gaining great popularity in recent years. Medellin has been investing greatly in its technology infrastructure and is bound to become a top digital nomad destination. One of the biggest perks is that while Colombia is pushing to be more technologically advanced, it is still a very affordable country. Digital nomads with a small budget welcome!

Why we recommend it

  • Colombia is one of the best places to get your head around the Spanish language. The locals speak very clearly, slowly and there is hardly any slang in their language.
  • Medellin is a great base camp to explore the rest of the country or even the continent. There are fantastic hiking opportunities nearby and the chance of going on a paradise beach weekend to escape the hard work for a while.
  • Workamp, La Casa Redonda and Tinkko are the best co-working spaces in Medellin.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest offers a tale of two cities. The Danube river separates the old town from the new in what has been called one of the prettiest cities in Europe. Like Tallinn, Budapest is a choice for a different kind of digital nomad. Budapest is a very affordable town and both accommodations and coworking spaces won’t break the bank.

Why we recommend it

  • Budapest is safe, has excellent infrastructure and plenty of cozy coffee houses with good Wi-Fi.
  • Budapest’s co-working spaces are some of the most affordable on the list with Kubik Co-working Budapest, Impact Hub Budapest and Loffice being the highest rated ones.
  • In-between working hours, go ahead and visit the Turkish baths and thermal springs to soak in its medicinal waters.
  • Budapest has a unique night scene with the so called ruin bars, rooftop bars and other unique watering holes.

Krakow, Poland

Welcome to one of Europe’s cheapest cities with an excellent internet infrastructure to boot! While the capital of Warsaw is actually a little bit more popular with digital nomads, it is closer to a financial district and lacks the cultural and historical treasures Krakow has to offer.

Why we recommend it

  • Krakow’s co-working spaces are very cheap compared to the other destinations on this list with iTechcloud Co-working, BIORO Co=working and MILK Co-working topping the list as highly rates co-working spaces.
  • Explore Europe’s largest city square, explore World War II History, visit Wawel castle, the Wieliczka salt mines or get active with nearby hiking, skiing and climbing opportunities.

Tbilisi, Georgia

Just when you thought the choices couldn’t be more atypical, we bring you Georgia. Wedged between Turkey, Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan, this small country has only just found its way on the list among digital nomad giants. With a long, tumultuous and complicated history, Georgia has been under both Russian and Persian rule, which is reflected in its stunning architecture.

Why we recommend it

Public transportation is very cheap and efficient, so you can save a lot of money by moving a little while outside of the city center.

The co-working spaces are still finding firm footing but those like Impact Hub Tbilisi, Terminal Vera and Publica at The Art House, have fantastic reviews.

The small size of the country means you can explore all of it easily within the period you will be living / working here and explore mountains and the Black Sea in the same day.

Sofia, Bulgaria

Last but not least, we would like to introduce you to another rising star. Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, is developing at high speed and well on the way to become a leader in catering to digital nomads.

Why we recommend it

  • Sofia is very cheap and perfect for the digital nomad on a budget.
  • The shared workspace aren’t luxurious in any way, but will offer functional design, great Wi-Fi and an opportunity to network. Betahaus, Cosmos and Soho are the best ones.
  • Visit one of the world’s largest and most glorious Orthodox churches, the neo-Byzantine Aleksander Nevski Cathedral.

Surprising United States

The United States can be very surprising indeed. We all know we are generally nudged in certain directions and of course, this is not without reason. We can’t deny that places like New York, Seattle, the Grand Canyon, and so on, have a lot to offer. But how about going somewhere a little bit more unexpected this time? Not only will these places be less overrun with tourists, but you will be experiencing something closer to real life, something less of an attraction or perhaps a slice of US history you weren’t aware of.

Scranton, Pennsylvania

Scranton is located in the northeast of Pennsylvania. While small in size, Scranton has a lot to offer if you are a history buff. As the once head of the coal mining industry in the state of Pennsylvania, Scranton has a varied population and offers a real insight into the coaling industry.

Why we recommend it

  • Scranton PA is a Steamtown National Historic Site. The refurbished 19th century mill houses the Electric City Trolley Museum which shows antique trolleys, steam engines, locomotives and interactive displays.
  • Scranton has plenty of natural sites to make a historical outing more varied for those who want to hike, cycle, kayak, fish or even sled.
  • Are you a keen St Patrick’s Day celebrator? Then you will be pleased to know that Scranton has the biggest parade in the US.

Other Places to Consider in Pennsylvania

Gainesville, Florida

Gainesville is located in Florida’s north and is most notable for being home to the University of Florida. Being a university town, Gainesville has quite a bit to offer in terms of culture and education.

Why we recommend it

  • Gainesville has three major museums in the Florida Museum of Natural History with fossils and a butterfly rain forest, the Harn Museum of Art with a large collection of African and Asian art, and the Matheson History Museum which houses a vintage postcard collection.
  • Perhaps even more unexpectedly, there are over 30 miles of trails suited for hiking and biking with wildlife such as horses, birds, bison, alligators and so on. The rivers are perfect for canoeing, paddle boarding and swimming.
  • Gainesville’s climate is temperate with 224 days of sun every year, so even during off-season you can enjoy the town and all it has to offer.

Lansing, Michigan

Lansing is the capital of Michigan and has attraction to offer for lovers of science, transportation history and animals.

Why we recommend it

  • Explore culture and knowledge in the Impression 5 Science Center which offers interactive displays and the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum which shows both classic and modern Oldsmobile cars.
  • You will find the Potter Park Zoo here which offers a home to endangered species such as black rhinos, Magellanic penguins and golden lion tamarins.
  • Lansing has a remarkable amount of galleries, theater houses for kids and adults, and dancing companies as well as over 40 annual fetsovals.

Charleston, South Carolina

The charming port town of Charleston was founded back in 1670 and is noted for its horse-drawn carriages through cobblestone streets, and elegant districts such as the French Quarter and Battery Districts. Charleston is also home to the location where the very first shots of the Civil War were released, Fort Sumter.

Why we recommend it

  • Charleston has a large number of churches and due to its tolerance and respect for different religions, it has been dubbed “The Holy City”.
  • Charleston, and South Carolina’s Lowcountry in general, is a haven for the craft beer enthusiast.
  • The town of Charleston gives you access to 4 beach areas: Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island and Edisto Beach.

Peoria, Illinois

Peoria is located on the Illinois river in the state’s center. This tiny town features a striking museum, botanical gardens, the Peoria zoo and hiking trails.

Why we recommend it

  • Peoria’s Riverfront Museum is a huge museum complex with various focuses including a planetarium, art collection, a host for international exhibits, a Holocaust Memorial and a giant screen theater. The museum is adjacent to the Caterpillar Visitor Center dedicated to local history focusing on mining equipment construction and displaying machinery used throughout the ages.
  • While the city itself has a zoo, the Wildlife Prairie Park just 15 miles outside of the center, will make for a more interesting trip. This park houses animals that have been rescued and won’t be able to make it in the wild. Wildlife includes bobcats, bison, black bears, foxes, and more.
  • Grand View Drive has been called “the world’s most beautiful drive” by Theodore Roosevelt. Here, you can walk and explore the water, woodlands and historical houses.

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Green Bay might sound familiar because of one thing. The Green Bay Packers. That being said, Green Bay I known for a lot more including the National Railroad Museum and the Neville Public Museum.

Why we recommend it

  • Are you a big sports fan? Then you will love the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
  • At the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts you can catch a wide variety of shows from classical performances to the symphony, Riverdance and the Family Wood Organ.
  • The Green Bay botanical gardens offer a wonderful array of educational programs including summer camps for kids, herbalism classes, guides snowshoe hikes and food tastings.

Richmond, Virginia

Richmond is Virginia’s capital and one of the oldest and most historically significant cities in the nation. One of the US Founding Fathers, Patrick Henry, spoke his immortal words “Give me liberty or give me death” at the St. John’s Church back in 1775, which in turn lead to the revolutionary war.

Why we recommend it

  • Visit the famous landmark that was originally the White House of the Confederacy and home of president Jefferson Davis during the course of the Civil War. It is now a museum.
  • The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will make you forget you are visiting a smaller city. The permanent collection showcases works of iconic artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and George Braque. Represented are work of German expressionism, French impressionism, Art Nouveau. Art Deco, and silver. Their collection of African and Asian art is considered to be the best in the nation.
  • The former home of James and Sallie Dooley, the Maymont Estate, can be visited and explored. The couple lived here from the late 1890’s up to to 1925. It features gardens, a petting farm, and the mansion itself is now a museum.

Tallahassee, Florida

Florida’s capital of Tallahassee is a great place to spend some quiet time relaxing inside as well as outside. Tallahassee has two magnificent parks in the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park and the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. Get some culture and visit the Tallahassee Automobile and Collectibles Museum and go see the mastodon skeleton gracing the Museum of Florida History.

Why we recommend it

  • Mix culture with nature and spend half a day exploring the Tallahassee Museum which has around 52 acres of nature trails where you can wander around and learn about flora and fauna.
  • Learn about Florida’s political history at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum. Entrance is free!
  • Spot animals local to the area at the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Discover what life was like during the 17th century at the Mission San Luis de Apalachee.

Nashville, Tennessee

Calling all country music enthusiasts, welcome to Tennessee’s capital. Visit Nashville and explore the history and famous landmarks of the nation’s most notable musical genre.

Why we recommend it

  • There a plenty of famous country music venues and landmarks including the Grand Ole Opry House, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Johnny Cash Museum and the Museum and historic Ryman Auditorium.
  • Pinewood social is a million in one venue that is a restaurant, coffee shop, bowling alley, outdoor haven, and co-working space in one (digital nomads welcome too!). It is the epicenter of social life as well as the perfect place to spend a day working form you computer.
  • Did you know Nashville has a pantheon? It doesn’t date back to ancient Greece, but was built in 1897. It houses a permanent collection of 19th and 20th century artists and also hosts temporary exhibitions.

Rochester, New York

Rochester is a city located on Lake Ontario in the state of New York. Often cited as one of the US’ best places to live and to visit, Rochester is home to historical and cultural sites, museums and parks.

Why we recommend it

  • Rochester’s most famous landmark is the 1822 Charlotte – Genesee Lighthouse. Originally built to guide merchant ships safely to the harbors, the lighthouse is now a nautical museum.
  • The Rochester Museum and Science Center offers a hands-on immersion into the world of science and has programs for children as well as adults.
  • The State Park of Letchworth has often been referred to as the Grand Canyon of the East. This park is located within close proximity of Rochester and is the best destination in the area for hikes.
  • Some more unique historical landmarks include the Mt. Hope Cemetery where many famous historical figures are buried and the Genesee Country Village & Museum where you can experience hos the settlers used to live.

Top underrated destinations

The world is getting smaller and more of us are stepping out ready to explore it. That being said, there are still those countries and cities that are largely forgotten. Some due to lack of exposure on tourist sites and others have to do with an often undeserved reputation, while others don’t have a highly developed tourist infrastructure yet and will only appeal to a certain type of traveler. Here is our top 10 of the most underrated destinations!

Mongolia

Join the world’s last major nomadic cultures in Mongolia. Wedged between China and Russia, Mongolia is often a forgotten destination in-between these two giants. The country is mainly known for its vast, seemingly endless landscapes. While most of your travels here will center around nature and adventure, the capital of Ulaanbaatar features the National Museum of Mongolia and an insight into the life and influence of Genghis Khan.

Why we recommend it

  • The Gobi desert is an expansive, dramatic wasteland known for some of the world’s most spectacular dinosaur remains, including the first ever complete egg.
  • Mongolia’s locals are known for their hospitality and you will feel comfortable and safe during your travelers here.
  • With its wide open spaces, Mongolia is one of the few places where you can feel entirely alone. Up for that adventure?

Moldova

Right between Romania and Ukraine, you will find the tiny country of Moldova. The country is known for its beautifully varied terrain including forests, vineyards and rocky slopes. Moldova is mainly known for its wine production, with Codru having some of the biggest wine cellars in the world.

Why we recommend it

  • Moldova is actually the poorest country in Europe, which makes it the most affordable.
  • Visit Orheiul Vechi, the world’s oldest christian monasteries. Located on a hill, these are well worth the climb.
  • Go ahead and sample some of these fine wines that have been rated as some of the bets in the world.
  • Don’t be surprised if you are the only tourist here. Moldova is the least visited country in Europe.

Uzbekistan

The Central Asian country of Uzbekistan is noted for its mausoleums, mosques and as a part of the famous Silk Road route. One of the most important cities on the Silk Road was Samarkand, which is home to the Registan. A square surrounded by three stunning 15th and 17th century Islamic schools covered in mosaics.

Why we recommend it

  • If the Silk Road is on your bucket list but you don’t have the time or money to go yet, start here. Uzbekistan has some of the most iconic landmarks in the cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva.
  • Uzbekistan declared its independence from the Soviet Union back in 1991, but you can still see remnants of its rule. This is especially apparent in the town of Tashkent. When destroyed by an earthquake in 1966, the city was rebuilt in Soviet style.
  • Visit the sea that once was, the Aral Sea. Now a desolate landscape, the Aral Sea is like a graveyard with marooned boats and lighthouses.
  • Uzbekistan has some stunning desert landscapes in the Karakum and Kyzylkum deserts. The dramatic landscapes are broken up by more than 50 ruins of fortresses dating back as far as the 4th century BC.

Serbia

The Republic of Serbia is located on the crossroads of Southern and Central Europe bordering Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Romania, Hungary and Croatia. While all these countries get placed in the context of east meeting west, here the Hamburgers met the Ottomans, empires ended and begun, and great names like Nikola Tesla, Prince Lazar and Vuk Karadži? grace the history books.

Why we recommend it

  • Serbia is home to a large number of monasteries you can visit. Serbia’s history is intrinsically linked with its religion and traditional ways of life are still being maintained today.
  • Serbians enjoy celebrating life and there are festivals you can be part of all year round.
  • Serbia’s cities are well worth exploring with its capital Belgrade being a mix of art, music, food, parks, and the towns in the province Vojvodina offering a more tranquil atmosphere closer to the Central European feel.

Armenia

Armenia is an Asian country located in the Caucasus region between Asia and Europe. The country so noted for being among one of the first christian civilizations and has unique sites to show for it including the Temple of Garni and the Etchmiadzin Cathedral.

Why we recommend it

  • Armenia was the first nation to adopt Christianity as a state religion. The Etchniadzin Cathedral became the first ever cathedral in the world.
  • Mount Ararat is a staggering giant of 5137 meters. Located in Turkey this snow-capped volcano is looming over Armenia’s landscape. Which can be seen from the capital of Yerevan.
  • You can explore the inspiring Tatev monastery as well as the natural surroundings from the longest ropeway in the world.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia has been hitting the news with Abiy Ahmed winning the Nobel Peace Prize. This is has been the last in a rather long list of positive reports on Ethiopia’s efforts to fight for human rights which has slowly but surely been reforming its tarnished reputation. This country of ancient cultures, 3 million year old archaeological findings and rugged landscapes, should move to the top of your Africa wish-list.

Why we recommend it

  • Ethiopia’s landscapes are dramatic, beautiful and varied from canyons and valleys to lakes and mountain peaks.
  • Africa’s Big 5 are an irresistible draw, but here in Ethiopia, the lesser known creatures like the mountain nyala, the Gelada baboon and the Ethiopian wolf will demand your attention.
  • Ethiopian food is colorful, tasty and can easily be vegetarian if you wish it. Spongy pancakes are used to be wrapped around spicy vegetable and meat servings.

Salzburg, Austria

Welcome to the birthplace of Mozart. The small town of Salsburg is mainly visited for its skiing opportunities, but is still largely back seated in favor of other Austrian destinations such as Vienna. We are here to change your mind.

Why we recommend it

  • This is Mozart’s birth town where he lived up until the age of 21. Next to his birthplace being a museum, there is another rather quirky Mozart landmark and souvenir you can get. The Mozartkugel is the original Mozart bonbon (a round ball made of marzipan, nougat and pistachio, covered with white and dark chocolate) was created in Salzburg in the year of 1890, 99 years after Mozart’s death. There is a whole shop dedicated only to this treat.
  • The Hohensalzburg Forstress dates back as far as 1077 and was one of Europe’s biggest castles at that time. It is Salzburg’s main tourist attraction.
  • Explore the charming old town and Salzburg cathedral, built in 774.

Lille, France

France’s north is far less explored than its south. But the town of Lille is worth a visit for sure. This bustling university town used to be a center of commerce between the French and the Flemish. For this reason, both Flemish and French influences shape this small town.

Why we recommend it

  • Being a stop for the TGV and Eurostar, Lille is very easy to reach. While most people simply change trains here on their way to Paris, you should get off and catch a later train.
  • A short train ride will take you to Piscine de Roubaix. This museum is a unique statement showing that out of use places can be refurbished for the sake of culture and beauty. Once a swimming pool, it is now the most beautiful and interesting museums in the region.
  • Trade is still part of Lille’s identity and you can visit several markets including the giant annual flea market that encompasses the whole town.
  • With mixed influences, Lille boasts stunning architecture including Haussman, Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles.

Valletta, Malta

Malta’s small capital of Valletta is a vision of charm and culture. This walled city was founded in 1500 by the Roman Catholic order of he Knights of St. John. Valletta is mainly known for palaces, museums and churches.

Why we recommend it

  • The most stunning landmark is the Baroque co-cathedral of St. John. Here, you can see Caravaggio’s masterpiece The Bheading of Saint John.
  • The Grand Master’s Palace is a stunning palace that can be visited for free. Originally, it was the residence of the grand masters of the Order of Malta.
  • A wander around town will show you the famous Republic Street and Merchant Street with souvenir shops, restaurants, and jewelers.
  • Try to catch a show at Teatru Manoel, an image of baroque elegance and a piece of history built in 1731 in order to entertain the knights as well as the population.

Bratislava, Slovakia

Slovenia’s capital of Bratislava is located on the Danube River surrounded by the Little Carpathian Mountains and vineyards where there are plenty of hiking opportunities. The 18th century old town is completely free of traffic and alive with bars, restaurants and cafes.

Why we recommend it

  • Bratislava castle is one of many castles to visit in the area. It was the former seat of power and the current museum of history. Tip: with the Bratislava Card City & Region, you can visit this site and others for free or a big discount.
  • The city has many palaces and churches to discover including the 20th century, Art Deco Blue Church.
  • The communist regime is still visible in the city’s architecture. The communist architecture tour is the most interesting one to take in town.

Best USA road trip destinations

The road trip is the way to travel in the United States because the country is simply designed for it. Kerouac had inspired a generation of young Americans to take to the road and find more more than new horizons, but today the American Road Trip has become a means of travel that speaks to many different types of travelers.

Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

The Blue Ridge Parkway connects Shenandoah National Park in Virginia with the Great Smoking Mountains National Parks in North Carolina in a 469 miles (755) kilometer route.

Why we recommend it

  • The whole route is one scenic and idyllic experience due to the absence of any kind of ads or commercial cities and towns.
  • For 6 hours, you will see nothing but mountains, waterfalls, and serene, foggy landscapes.
  • We recommend embarking on this journey in autumn during the months of September and October, when the forests are enchantingly colorful.

Pacific Coast Highway, California

From mountains and forests to coastlines, the Pacific Coast Highway starts in San Diego and ends in San Francisco.

Why we recommend it

  • The Pacific Coast Highway is known as one of the most beautiful routes in the country with its rugged coastal cliffs.
  • Along the way, you will get a chance to stop off at Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo (visit Bubblegum Alley and Bishop Peak), Hearst Castle and the coastal town of Monterey.
  • Stopping off in San Francisco will give you the chance to explore one of the most fascinating cities in the nation. Take your time on this route and give every stop along the way, the attention it deserves.

Other Places to Consider in California:

Olympic Peninsula, Washington State

This 531 kilometer route (330 miles) starts and ends in Seattle while doing a loop around the Olympic Peninsula.

Why we recommend it

  • This route combines dramatic coastlines and mountains. On the way, you will be able to enjoy natural sites such as white mountain tops, waterfalls, small towns and shorelines.
  • The Olympic Peninsula Route will take you past the United States’ most beautiful lake, Lake Crescent.
  • Take the opportunity to enjoy a hike near lake Crescent and enter the Quinault rain forest.
  • Seattle is the perfect start and end for a drive of this magnitude. Delve into the local art scene and experience some culture while you are here.

Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania and Delaware

Not up for a long road trip? There are shorter drives as well, but they are no less scenic. The Brandywine Valley road taking you from Pennsylvania to Delaware, is only 30 kilometers long (19 miles).

Why we recommend it

  • This valley is known as “chateau country”, combining a naturally stunning valley with historic mansions and estates decorating the hills.
  • This small, snaky road follows the Brandywine River. When not offering spectacular views, the road is arched by oaks and tulip trees.
  • The drive might be short, but we recommend you make a stop regardless. The Longwood Gardens encompass 1077 acres and boasts 20 gardens, lakes and an outdoor topiary.

The High Road to Taos, New Mexico

This New Mexico route will make you feel like you are driving through a western, since many scenes along the way have been used as a backdrop in western movies. While only 90 kilometers (56 miles) you can make many interesting stops.

Why we recommend it

  • The natural heritage along the way include vast deserts, dry mountain peaks and green lands.
  • Perhaps more interestingly, you can stop off at the old Hispanic towns such as Penasco, Truchas Chimayo.
  • Make sure to head to Santa Fe and explore the vibrant art scene of the indigenous.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Route 6a is both scenic and historically interesting. This varied route will combine local landmarks with natural sites and is ideal for the road tripper looking to make historical stops rather than big hikes.

Why we recommend it

  • The first part of the route, from Sandwich to Brewster will take you by dunes but more importantly, by the historical villages dating back to the 17th century. Visit the Brewster Store that has been in business since mid 19th century.
  • Between Brewster and Orleans, you will pass by the Nickerson State Park with its ponds and forests, as well as shorelines.
  • The last part towards Provincetown will take you past charming bays.

Red Rock Country, Arizona

This route is a straight, flat 233 kilometer (145 mile) route that is pretty different from the lush and historical routes.

Why we recommend it

  • Arizona is home to the fiery red landscapes This drive will make you feel like you are traveling on a remote, distant planet with its otherworldly rock formations and seemingly endless deserts.
  • On the way, make a stop at the National Monument of Montezuma Castle as well as the Rock State Park. The latter is also great fun for children with a natural water slide carved out of rocks.

Other Places to Consider in Arizona

Route 66, Chicago to California

Now to satisfy the true urban vagabond. This iconic 3945 kilometer (2451 mile) road is what most of you will have in mind when thinking about the typical American road trip.

Why we recommend it

  • Route 66 is the original and now historical road between Chicago and California. There is a nesw road that makes the drove faster and more efficient, but this is the route to follow for a historically interesting drive for fun.
  • On the way, you can make a stop at one of the many highway towns or among the dry, vast desert plains.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

This route is a 100 mile (160 kilometer) long road taking you by shorelines, colonial towns, fishing villages and major tourist beach destinations.

Why we recommend it

  • This medium-length route is both varied and beautiful and while some places will feel remote, you will never be far away from the more developed areas.
  • You will be passing through two major national areas in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge (get out of the car and explore!) and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore featuring historical lighthouses.

Great River Road, Mississippi

Follow the Great River, otherwise knows as the Mississippi. You can travel this road as far as 10 states, if you wish it.

Why we recommend it

  • We recommend this route to the real nature lovers wanting to embark on along journey and make small side trips that won’t require too much physical fitness. The Yazoo Refuge and the Theodore Roosevelt Refuge are the prime examples.
  • Along the way, you will be able to stay in charming riverside towns like those of Rosedale and Greenville.
  • If you make it all the way to the end, you will be in Louisiana. The trendy town of New Orleans will be the ideal destination for some excitement with a never ending nightlife scene, unique and spicy cuisine and notable live music performances.

Other Places to Consider and Travel Tips

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